As 2014 is about to wind up tonight at midnight, it's highest time to start thinking about what kinds of IT certification adventures to ponder for the coming year that kicks off immediately after the ball drops in your neighborhood. I've got some suggestions for areas worth thinking about, and digging into that appear to be on the upswing for job opportunities, promotions, or simply to breathe new life and interest into a flagging career.
In looking at the many technical areas in IT in which both job roles and IT certifications are available, I've come up with a list of at 26 such areas, as documented over at Tom's IT Pro (where you can also find "Top 5" cert stories for each of those areas). Those stories get revised annually, and we're almost half-way through the 2014-to-2015 transition right now, so I feel uniquely qualified to identify the leading lights among those categories, though all of them are worth digging into and investigating further:
|Updated for 2015|
|IT Governance||Information Security|
|Computer Networking||Web Programming|
|2014 Versions (2015 Updates in Process)|
|VoIP & Telephony||Unified Communications||Backup & Disaster Recovery|
|Data Center||Cloud Computing||Mobile Computing|
|Big Data||IT Trainer||Healthcare IT|
|Computer Hardware||Help Desk||Project Management|
Here's a bonus area, too, for those folks who may be just getting into IT for the first time, either fresh out of school or transitioning in from some prior kind of working life:
Depending on where you are in your career, and where you'd like that career to go in the future, you should be able to find one or more areas in which to ponder and possibly pursue certification. There's a wealth of information in this area, so I hope you enjoy the search, the pondering, and such pursuits as may make sense to you.